Get your A-League tips for Week 6 of the the 2019-20 season, which concludes with a blockbuster Grand Final rematch between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory.
History: Played 42: Adelaide 20 V Central Coast 17 (5 Draws)
Last meeting: October 2, 2019 (FFA Cup): Adelaide 2 d Central Coast at Central Coast Stadium
Final Thoughts: The Central Coast Mariners’ 2-1 upset of Perth Glory was somewhat negated by a 3-1 defeat to Melbourne City last Friday. The visitors only got on the board in the 89th minute through Jordan Murray in a convincing defeat.
Adelaide United have bounced back from their two losses in the opening two rounds with consecutive victories. They accounted for Newcastle 2-1 on the road, before holding off Brisbane 1-0 at home. Riley McGree has been responsible for all four of the Reds’ goals in their past three games.
Adelaide are on an eight-match unbeaten streak against Central Coast, including five consecutive wins in Gosford. United won 3-0 in their only visit to Central Coast Stadium last season, while they also prevailed 2-1 in an FFA Cup tie last month. These clubs have only drawn once since 2010.
Adelaide are getting on a nice roll and should leave Gosford with something to show for their efforts.
19:30 (AEDT), Sat 16th Nov @ GMBHA, Geelong
History: First meeting
Final Thoughts: Western United have surged to second on the A-League ladder with a 3-1-1 record. The competition’s new boys have responded to their first loss – a 2-1 defeat to Melbourne City in Week 3 – with back-to-back wins over Melbourne Victory (3-2) and Wanderers (2-1).
The Geelong-based outfit clawed back from early deficits in both wins, confirming that Mark Rudan’s squad boast plenty of spirit and backbone. They will be without Josh Risdon this week, however, with the defender called into Australia’s squad to take on Jordan.
Newcastle Jets are still searching for their first win of the season. They will be taking some positives from a 1-1 draw with Perth Glory last Saturday, but after Jason Hoffman put the Jets on the board in the first half they conceded an equaliser in the 86th minute.
Form, confidence and home-ground advantage all favours Western United ahead of this one. The Jets are yet to score more than one goal in a match, which spells trouble coming up against their gritty hosts.
16:00 (AEDT), Sun 17th Nov @ Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
History: Played 28: Melbourne City 13 V Brisbane 10 (5 Draws)
Last meeting: April 5, 2019: Melbourne City 4 d Brisbane 1 at AAMI Park
Final Thoughts: Pressure is starting to mount on Brisbane Roar and their new coach Robbie Fowler, with the side still hunting their first victory of the season and failing to score a goal in their last three games. Defensively they have been superb, only conceding three goals – but they won’t make an impression the competition if they can’t create and finish off scoring chances.
Melbourne City, meanwhile, are flying along at the top of the table with four wins and a draw from five outings. They have now won four on the trot, culminating in their biggest victory to date – a 3-1 thumping of Central Coast.
The visiting team has only won once in this rivalry in these clubs’ last 14 meetings. Last season the Roar prevailed 2-0 at Suncorp Stadium, before City won 1-0 and 4-1 in Melbourne.
The furthest Melbourne City have travelled so far this season is Geelong, but with 10 goals from their last four games they should get past the stoic-but-toothless Roar.
18:30 (AEDT), Sun 17th Nov @ Jubilee Oval, Sydney
History: Played 47: Sydney 16 V Victory 15 (16 Draws)
Last meeting: May 12, 2019 (Semi-final): Sydney 6 d Victory 1 at Jubilee Oval
Final Thoughts: Sydney FC have made a satisfactory start to their title defence, notching three wins and a sole 1-0 loss to Wanderers. They swamped Newcastle 4-1 in Week 4 before enjoying the bye last weekend. But they head into this clash with Socceroos reps Rhyan Grant and Andrew Redmayne.
Melbourne Victory are eager for a three-point injection to their points column, currently sitting seventh with a 1-2-2 record – with two of the teams above them having a game in hand. They got away with a 1-1 draw at home to last-placed Wellington, with Ola Toivonen’s 66th-minute strike saving the Victory from an embarrassing defeat. A week earlier they gave up a two-goal lead in a 3-2 loss to Western United.
Sydney FC have won nine of their last 12 against Melbourne Victory, though the Victory have picked up a win in Sydney in each of the past two regular seasons. The clubs’ past five meetings have all produced at least three goals.
The Victory won their only game away from Melbourne so far – a 1-0 defeat of the Roar – and the Sky Blues are missing a couple of key men. Sydney FC are hot $1.50 favourites but a draw stands out as the top option in this high-profile clash.